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Robotology

Robotology is a game Metanet (creators of ‘N’) is currently working on, and to quote an old post on their blog..

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Our initial design concept was simple — a 2d physics-based platformer where the player has a grappling hook/rope that can be used to interact with the world. This concept had been in the back of our minds, not coincidentally, ever since we came across the SNES title Umihara Kawase, which might be described as “a 2d physics-based platformer where the player has a grappling hook/rope that can be used to interact with the world”.

and more recently they did a post in which they talk some about making a ‘soft player shape’.

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Two things which we’re trying to do differently in Robotology, relative to other platformers, is to make the player’s shape feel “soft”, and to allow the player to move along arbitrarily-oriented surfaces (i.e player orientation is independent of gravity).

Both are things which have been done in more explicitly simulation-based games, like Elasto Mania, Gish, and Loco Roco, but we’re looking to meld that sort of movement and feeling with a more immediate, traditional-platformer type of control.

They also talk about other things which confuse me a lot, but they’ve made it clear that this will be physics-based. Here are all of the posts they’ve done on Robotology:

metanetsoftware.com/blog/

They have an super-duper old prototype which you can download. That prototype is over a year old, and isn’t anywhere near where the game is headed, but it’s something.
They also have some little rope physics tests, which are, again really old and are just tests. a limp chain, and a rigid chain.

Right now there aren’t any pictures or video, but I’ll be sure to update this if they release more information.

I also might have missed some physics tests in there, so feel free to look and see if you want.

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